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    Default Timewatch - Codebreakers / Bletchley Park

    Timewatch programme on BBC2 now about Bletchley Park and Tunny. Worth watching if you've any interest in why WW2 turned out like it did.

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    Looking around today it seems that it turned out with Germany in control of much of Europe.

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    Ohh excellent . A fantastic story . And being a computer nerd .... Well
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    A great programme. The books on Tunny are very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmcc View Post
    A great programme. The books on Tunny are very interesting.

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    Can you recommend any?

    Accessible ones please, I know what you're like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CookieMonster View Post
    Can you recommend any?

    Accessible ones please, I know what you're like.
    Stephen Budiansky's "Battle of Wits" gives one of the best overviews (non-technical) of codebreaking in WW2. Simon Sebag-Montifiore's "Enigma: The Battle for the Code" is also a good read on Enigma. Paul Gannon's "Colossus: Bletchley Park's Greatest Secret" is also good. There are others that I'll dig out later.

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    I've done the day tour of Bletchley Park. Not much there to make it a great day out for all the family but very interesting for geeky nerd types.

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    The Germans smelled a rat long before the War's end

    - but they could not fathom where the 'leaks' were coming from...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalpa View Post
    The Germans smelled a rat long before the War's end

    - but they could not fathom where the 'leaks' were coming from...
    I think that there was a review (German) of Enigma that found that it could not be broken by conventional (non-automated) means. The Allies also had targeted the French phone system in the run-up to D-Day to force the Germans to use RF transmissions and Enigma. What is interesting is the theory on how the Germans may have used computing (Konrad Zuse's machines) and the effect it had on some weapons development.

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    It was very interesting to see at the end that some of the documents relating to it are still classified. I wonder why ?

    Surely anything of a technical nature wouldn't have any relevance now. You would have to draw a conclusion it would be operational maters. Maybe they reference operational issues with their allies that would even now, cause issues if they were made public....

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